Presbyterian Church USA Caught Praying to Allah

Source: Charisma News
Submitted By: Judith C

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The Presbyterian Church, USA, is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week. (Connor Millin/Flickr/Creative Commons)

“Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”

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The Falling Away

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling awayStrongs 646: apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee´-ah; feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) (“apostasy”):—falling away, forsake. first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
2 Thessalonians 2:3

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath pervertedStrongs 7725: shuwb, shoob; a primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again:—((break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, lie down, lodge, make, rejoice, send, take, weep)) x again, (cause to) answer (+ again), x in any case (wise), x at all, averse, bring (again, back, home again), call (to mind), carry again (back), cease, x certainly, come again (back), x consider, + continually, convert, deliver (again), + deny, draw back, fetch home again, x fro, get (oneself) (back) again, x give (again), go again (back, home), (go) out, hinder, let, (see) more, x needs, be past, x pay, pervert, pull in again, put (again, up again), recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, render (again), requite, rescue, restore, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return, reverse, reward, + say nay, send back, set again, slide back, still, x surely, take back (off), (cause to, make to) turn (again, self again, away, back, back again, backward, from, off), withdraw. thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”
Isaiah 47:10


The Presbyterian Church, USA, is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.

“Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”

These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity—a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith ministry staff at the assembly.

The prayer was part of the “first order of business” during the meeting’s opening session, a time dedicated to praying for those affected by the Orlando shooting that occurred just weeks before.

“In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful, let us praise the Lord … Peace be upon them and peace be upon Allah,” Said prayed. He also prayed peace on the “bigots” and “Islamaphobes.”

Later, at the conclusion of the session, Rev. Gradye Parsons offered an apology to anyone who was offended by the prayer. He assured the congregation that mistakes can be made, but the prayer was not an intentional one.

“It was never the intention to offend anyone, and we offer an apology to those who were offended,” Rev. Parsons said.

But the Presbyterian church still affirms that it will advocate for “positive relationships with people of other religious traditions” and is committed to fighting “the rise in Islamophobia.”

  1. Etzel, 26 August, 2016

    I tried to make the readers of this site aware of this perversion on July 17th 2016, see my comment and link @: http://www.inthedays.com/days-of-lot/methodists-elect-1st-openly-gay-bishop-in-defiance-of-ban/

    The great falling away has been happening since before the 1950s. the “churches are just playing their part in the Great Apostasy to come. Another disgusting action was just taken by the Lutheran “church” [The Lutheran Church Turns against Israel] @ http://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2016/08/the-lutheran-church-turns-against-israel/

    This action brings the followers of false religiosity full circle into “Luther’s “Antisemitism” see his book [The Jews & Their Lies] you can read his filth @
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/Luther_on_Jews.html

    Also check out Lutheran Social Services in MN. responsible in bringing in 10,000 Somali Muslims to Minnesota. read about your hard earned tax dollars spent on the cause of so much chaos in St. Cloud. @ https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/lutheran-social-service-of-minnesota-is-responsible-for-the-somali-chaos-in-st-cloud/

    To all Lutheran’s, the next time you go into your anti-semitic replacement theology Synagogue of Satan, just stick your arm out and shout Seig Heil as you salute the “great reformer” and mentor of Adolf Hitler @ http://www.tentmaker.org/books/MartinLuther-HitlersSpiritualAncestor.html

    I’m not singling out just the Lutheran’s, Presbyterian’s, Methodist’s, etc. all of the major denominations are apostate, having deviated from the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah, and instead focusing their congregations attention on politically correct doctrines of devils, passed down from their secular humanist “leadership”, introducing their social programs and social gospel’s and forgetting God’s word.

    It’s time for all church leadership to repent and get back to espousing God’s Word, and not just babbling your National Assemblies or synod’s Ideas, doctrines or tenant’s of faith.. In other word’s STOP BEING HIRELING’S AND START SHEPHERDING YOUR FLOCK OR GET OUT OF THE PULPIT!

  2. Etzel, 26 August, 2016

    and don’t get me started on Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses or other cults.

  3. Stephen Hale, 27 August, 2016

    Etzel,

    Have you listened to Chuck Smith’s sermons on carnality? He say’s when he was in seminary there was an approach of homiletics to appeal to a congregations carnality. As Chuck pointed out it’s pathetic.

    Most of us have experienced some sort of carnality in our lives. The problem is we can’t move into spiritual maturity until we’ve moved past our carnal needs.

    If the word of God does not convict us of carnality we aren’t reading the word.

    Have you read, “The Radical Cross” by A. W. Tozer? It’s intense, a powerful abiding anointing. I’ve read it three times. I have to stop get up and walk around to just sort of catch my breath. He points out that to go deeper with the Lord is to find our cross. He also pointed out entertainment time in the church was wrong and would lead to a falling away. That was over 60 years ago.

  4. Etzel, 27 August, 2016

    Steven

    Over the years I have read many of Chucks books, and listened to his sermons, and yes many things that Chuck and other teachers warned us about have taken or are taking place. While I respected Chuck, and respect some teachers out there today, what they teach must be the Word of God and the word of God only. Chuck and many other fine men of God are dead. God is alive, His Word, Jesus is alive, The Holy Spirit is alive and teaches us through God’s Word.

    The dumbing down of the “church” congregation’s started with the Judaizers right after the death of Christ and have continued up to the present day. The Epistles were written by the Apostles to straighten out doctrinal errors that were cropping up in the early body of Christian believers, but as the bible tells us in:

    2Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is one of the most important, and for some, a very difficult book. Paul’s teaching of the doctrine of justification by faith alone is expounded and defended throughout, because of the legalism of the Judaizers aimed at the Gospel that Paul preached.The Need to understand and address carnality is shown in verses such as:

    Rom 7:14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

    Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    And you are 100% right “If the word of God does not convict us of carnality we aren’t reading the word.” That’s The Word of God not the writings of men.

    Many of the “churches” of today are cesspits of carnality, built for the establishment of denominational dominance by corrupt Leaders/Hirelings manipulating the congregations for political and financial control. Some have become nothing but family dynasties, to be passed down as job security or an inheritance for their children.

    The state of all denominations and many non-denominational churches are abominations. They care little for the truth of God’s word but manufacture their own “truths” with secret knowledge that the uneducated, Uninitiated could not possibly understand. These hirelings shear the fleece off their sheep and then ignore them till it’s fleecing time again.There is not not a shepherd among them.

    To my recollection, I’ve not read, The Radical Cross I will add it to my to be read stack. I like Tozer and will close with this. Tozer’s last message, The Waning Authority of Christ in the Churches, printed in the Alliance Weekly and dated May 15th 1963, was published 3 days after his death.” Tozer stated that “Among the gospel churches Christ is in fact little more than a beloved symbol. . . . The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten, but it has been mostly relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion.”

  5. Stephen Hale, 27 August, 2016

    Etzel,

    Great observation and comments.

    I think it was some time in 2005 or sometime there about I was moved by a sermon from Art Katz, “And They Crucified Him”. My life hasn’t been he same since. I have learned in a long journey with the Lord to see the things of God, personally deeply changed.

    When I talk about church members about returning to the cross for a new and deeper life in Christ, I get a deer in the headlights look. I’m not saying anything in pride or like I know something secret no one knows. I’m just convinced we need a deep knowledge of the truth to survive what’s coming.

    The full gospel has distinct sort of categories, none more important than the other, but I’m not the only one who thinks the Cross has been overlooked and left behind by so many.

    Jesus, The Father and the Holy Spirit will lead anyone willing to follow on a journey to the cross or a new sort of re-journey to the cross.

    I have yet to find a publication much more intense than “The Radical Cross” in years of searching.

  6. Etzel, 27 August, 2016

    Steven

    Will by this book as soon as possible and place it on the top of my reading list. Andrew Murray wrote a book “Abide in Christ” based upon John 15:1-12;,bthat had a profound impact upon me as a baby christian.

    I’ve also experienced the same reaction from many “christians” when I talk of spending as much time as possible in fellowship with the LORD through prayer and meditation upon His Word.

    While the Church is supposed to be the body of believers it is very obvious that the body is very sick and needs the healing of the Great Physician. I include myself in this statement as well. I need the Holy Spirit to continue to be transformed by the renewing my mind, that I may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    To constantly remember that my salvation is not from my doing anything but accepting the free and wonderful Gift from God through His Son’s sacrifice taking my place upon the cross which I so richly deserve.

    Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    I meet too many “Christians” that have lost the knowledge that, while grace is free to us, it came at a great cost to God.

  7. Stephen Hale, 28 August, 2016

    Etzel,

    It’s nice chatting with you. Sorry sometimes my sentences don’t seem to make great sense. My wife comes in and expects my attention while I’m typing. All this while I’m trying to finish a comment and get out the door and go.

    I wanted to sat too, that when I was what I call really born again John Higgins was the head pastor of a ministry called Shiloh. That was one of the monumental landmarks of my life. It was a while back.

    And for churches. Over the years the worst church I felt like a year long visitor because of living and transportation issues was a Methodist church. Sucked the life out of me it was bad, real bad. Other church groups I’ve visited for short periods of time for a variety of reasons are not dead but seem to wade in the kiddy pool then snack on milk and snickerdoodles. I’ve actually found myself sort of comfy not going any deeper in my Christian life. That is not good.

    That’s where we see so many today based on the article we are under here and one previous, “Pew, Americans giving up on God, Miracles”. Oh so many miracle fakes shysters and snickerdoodle pastors out there.

    It is the Lord for His glory who works calls and protects His own. For this reason I feel called to be an encourager to point others toward a deeper life in Christ. Some may not seem to hear me but I trust the Lord that He is working.

    Nice chat Etzel thanks. We’ll keep it up here and there eh?

  8. Etzel, 29 August, 2016

    Stephen

    I’ve bounced around spending a few months up to several years in “churches” of various denominations and also non-denomination, I believe Paul made a great point in 1 Cor. 1; that can be used in the Idea of loyalty to denominations.

    Over the years I’ve listened to John Higgins, and his two sons on the internet. They are good teachers. Sadly the worst church I’ve visited in the last few years was last year when I went with a friend to a Calvary Chapel where they were showing a film about false teacher and messianic huckster Jonathan Cahn and the Shemitah. Very sad indeed.

    I believe that in many churches there are individuals who are examples of what my LORD called the Church of Philadelphia, that sit in the middle of lukewarm Laodicean’s, and examples of all the Churches Christ Mentioned. And as Christ said in Rev 3:4; Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

    There are those that seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and through him the knowledge of God by the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Sadly I’ve found very few. I believe there have been many false conversions, based on emotionalism, or those who are in fear of hell and just mumble a prayer without repentance and change. Or somehow they can tithe or work their way into Salvation by their own terms.

    Before someone out there gives me that old saw about not judging others, I remind them that Christ said in Matt 7:16; Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Also don’t bother bring up that thing about “God’s anointed” if these were anointed by God nothing would need to be said.

    I will close out by saying I look forward to keeping up with you.

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